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In Utah, Catholics, Mormons have long had ‘positive, cordial relationship’

SALT LAKE CITY — The March 3 meeting at the Vatican between Pope Francis and Russell M. Nelson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, drew great interest from members of both faiths and was covered extensively in the media in Utah. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon Church, has its headquarters in Utah. This historic meeting, the first between the leaders of the two churches, came about while Nelson and other leaders of his faith were in Rome to dedicate a church temple, the first in Italy. Church temples are where the sacred ordinances, or sacred rites and ceremonies, of the faith are conducted. The temple was built in order to give the church’s nearly 27,000 members in Italy access to those ordinances and because Rome has historically been “the heart and center of the Christian world,” said John Taylor, director of interfaith relations for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Vatican leaders, in particular Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who was president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue until his death last year, have been very supportive of his church’s efforts to build the temple in Rome, Taylor told the Intermountain Catholic, newspaper of the Diocese of Salt Lake City. While historically the two churches have interacted positively, some see the meeting as the beginning of a new chapter in their relationship.

Pope recognizes martyrdom of Romanian bishops, Italian missionary

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis recognized the martyrdom of an Italian missionary killed in Myanmar and seven Romanian Catholic bishops — one of whom was secretly named a cardinal by St. Paul VI — persecuted during the communist era. Pope Francis also advanced the sainthood causes of six other candidates during a meeting March 19 with Cardinal Angelo Becciu, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes. Among the decrees the pope signed was one recognizing the miracle needed for the beatification of Mother Maria Emilia Riquelme Zayas, who founded the Missionary Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and Mary Immaculate. She was born in 1847 in Granada, Spain, and died there in 1940. The pope recognized the martyrdom of Father Alfredo Cremonesi, a member of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, who worked nearly 30 years in the mountains of Myanmar, then known as Burma, despite periods of intense hardship and conflict. Born in 1902, the priest went by boat to Burma to serve the Karen people living in isolated villages. He survived the same difficulties as the people when Japanese troops occupied the nation during World War II and he refused to leave when Karen guerillas launched a rebellion against the new government formed when the nation achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1948.

Spain sees jump in ordinations to priesthood from 2017 to 2018

MANCHESTER, England — Ordinations to the priesthood in Spain have soared by 24 percent in the last year. In 2018, a total of 135 men were ordained priests compared to 109 in 2017, according to statistics released March 12 by the Spanish bishops’ conference. The Archdiocese of Madrid recorded the highest number of ordinations, with 14. The Diocese of Valencia recorded 10 ordinations, followed by eight in the Diocese of Toledo, seven each in the dioceses of Seville and Alcala de Henares and six each in the Cartagena and Zaragoza dioceses. In addition, fewer seminarians dropped out of classes during the last year — 123 compared with 152 the previous year — but there has been an overall decrease in the number of men entering seminaries in the same period, down from 1,263 to 1,203. Father Julio Gomez, a priest who runs four parishes in the Diocese of Palencia, said the rise in ordinations was accidental rather than the result of a deliberate policy. “I think it’s a casual growth, as there is no a national vocational strategy in the Church in Spain, which could explain these growing numbers,” he said in an email to Catholic News Service.

Nigerian bishops urge government to stop ‘culture of death’

LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigeria’s Catholic bishops denounced a resurgence in killings and destruction of property in parts of the country and urged government action to stop the carnage. “We have received with deep sorrow the tragic news of the resurgence of further horrific killings in some parts of Kaduna state, Taraba, Benue, Kogi, Edo, Rivers, Zamfara, Adamawa and other states,” the bishops said in a statement after their March 10-16 meeting in the capital, Abuja. The bishops urged Nigeria’s government to strengthen the electoral laws, noting systemic failings in recent elections. A presidential poll in February, in which Muhammadu Buhari won a second term, and March elections for local governors and state legislatures were marred by factional violence, organizational breakdowns, delays and low voter turnout. “Elections should not be turned into a battle between warriors fighting to capture power and conquer territory and people at all cost,” said the statement, signed by Archbishop Augustine Akubeze of Benin City and Bishop Camillus Umoh of Ikot Ekpene, the conference president and secretary, respectively. “Against the backdrop of the violence and bloodshed that characterized the last elections, we are pained that the culture of death is becoming embedded into our daily lives,” the bishops said. “This persistent devaluation of human life and property poses an existential threat to our personal survival and that of our nation.”

— Catholic News Service


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